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Big-Rig Overturns In Bay Near Tiburon

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A truck lays on its side partially submerged in the bay after crashing at Tiburon Blvd. near Gilmartin Dr., March 28, 2011. (Burke Beardsley)

A truck lays on its side partially submerged in the bay after crashing at Tiburon Blvd. near Gilmartin Dr., March 28, 2011. (Burke Beardsley)

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TIBURON (CBS SF) — A dump truck delivering rock and landscaping materials drove down Gilmartin Drive and into Richardson Bay Monday morning, Tiburon police said.

The truck might have lost its brakes, crossed Tiburon Boulevard and a multi-use path and somersaulted end-over-end before coming to rest in three to four feet of water about 70 feet into the bay shortly after 9:15 a.m., Tiburon police Capt. David Hutton said.

Two large tow trucks from Diego Brothers Towing & Truck Repair of Greenbrae dragged the truck out of the water, Hutton said.

Tiburon Boulevard was shut down for 10 to 15 minutes three times while the truck was removed from the bay, Hutton said.

The unidentified driver suffered a bump on the head but was able to escape from the truck when the front windshield popped out, Hutton said. He was taken to Marin General Hospital for observation.

“He was very confused,” Hutton said.

The truck left skid marks, but its speed has not been determined, Hutton said. The California Highway Patrol will examine the truck for mechanical defects, Hutton said.

The Tiburon and Southern Marin fire departments placed boom within a 30-foot radius of the truck to contain a small oil and fuel spill, Hutton said.

“We’re very fortunate the truck did not hit a car when it crossed Tiburon Boulevard or anyone on the bike path,” Hutton said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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